Disappointment but definite progression

Gary Simpson said he was disappointed with a point and that it felt like a loss, to draw 2-2 with the then second in the table Nuneaton.

Gary Simpson has agreed terms on a three year contract at Lincoln City Football Club.
Simpson spoke to the press ahead of the game against Tamworth

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s game against Tamworth, Simpson felt that to be annoyed about a draw against a good side away from home was a sign of progression.

He said, “Draws, like the Barnet one sometimes feel like a win, and then the Saturday one felt like a loss. But that shows how far we’ve come.”

Simpson continued to say that he was frustrated with the defending that ultimately cost Lincoln the two points.

“We are disappointed with certainly the second goal. We could have done better with that. The first one is a bit lucky.”

Questions turned to the improvement and good form of Tom Miller, who scored again at the weekend.

Simpson said, “I see him as a decent defender. He’s got a good engine to get up and down. He’s aggressive, good in the air for his size. Good tackler and we obviously try to get him forward.”

He continued to speak about the man Miller has replaced in the team, Dan Gray.

“Dan Gray’s been very unlucky. He played three games and played very well. We just wanted to change the shape a little bit. We wanted the full backs to bomb forward and it just suited Miller a bit more than it did Dan at the time.”

Lincoln City took 500 travelling supporters with them to Nuneaton, to which Simpson felt was “Terrific.”

He continued, “When we went one nil down after 4 minutes they never stopped singing. They’ve been terrific all season.”

Finally, Simpson was asked about whether Lincoln needed to improve their ability to kill off games, something they have failed to do on two occasions away from home so far this season.

“Well obviously. It’s black and white that is. Saying it and doing are two different things. There are certain factors in both games that are reasons to why we didn’t do it. But we are looking to address that.”

Lincoln take on Tamworth tomorrow at Sincil Bank with a 7:45pm kick off.

A reminder to all students going down with a free ticket, you need to have your ticket and your student card to be admitted.

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